With the advent of LED technology we have seen significant cost savings this can offer consumers over traditional light sources with return on investments very often falling to less than two years.
The unprecedented rise in energy prices, coupled with the radically altered economic landscape has forced businesses to review efficiency to stay competitive. We believe efficiency should not be restricted only to sales, marketing or production methods but also by virtue of overhead and operating cost efficiency.
To this end we believe in ensuring the solutions we offer our customers represent some of the latest innovations in LED both in terms of product function and design, but also in line with the latest technological advances suitable for commercial, public sector and domestic applications. These solutions can very often be integrated into a new install so further efficiency savings can be achieved beyond the obvious wattage consumption. These controls can include but are by means limited to, electronic ‘daylight harvesting’ controls which can dim down lighting when there is sufficient daylight present, or turn lighting off altogether if there is no presence detected in a particular room or area.
This could mean significant savings to your business energy consumption and costs, and all achieved with sensible pay-back periods. Why not be one of the most efficient businesses in the UK within your sector by reducing your energy costs and Carbon Footprint?
Contact our team to discuss this further, be it a single room or complete design and build we will discuss your project with the same level of commitment to ensure you achieve the optimum lighting solution whilst maximising the technology available to reduce energy costs. All surveys are carried out at no cost and, as one of the Industry’s only Carbon Trust approved suppliers, we will assist you with your application to the Carbon Trust for either an Interest Free Loan to cover the cost of lighting fixtures, controls, and installation or a significant grant towards your lighting upgrade at the outset.
Energy controls which we utilise include the following:
- PIR detectors
- PIR detectors work by detecting the movement of body heat. They are ideally suited to smaller spaces or where a defined detection pattern is required. They can be installed either integrally or a remote stand-alone sensors in individual rooms/spaces.
- A PIR will automatically switch the light on when someone enters the room, and light switches off when no movement has been detected.
- Microwave detectors
- Microwave sensors are sensitive to objects that move, with much greater coverage and flexibility over that of PIR’s. They can detect through glass / plastic so careful consideration has to be given to their application in certain locations.
- Microwave sensors operate in a very similar way to PIRs for presence detection.
- “Daylight Harvesting” – Lux Sensor
- These presence detectors have built in adjustable lux sensors which will keep the lighting switched off if there is sufficient natural light so energy is not consumed by the lighting purely based on occupancy of the room.
- “Daylight Harvesting” – Direct Dimming Lux Sensor
- This is the most advanced presence detector which can be used to control the light output of luminaires (that have dimmable components) by adjusting the demand for lighting according the light level being achieved through natural light.
- The detector will measure the overall light level in the detection area and regulate the output of the light ensuring the correct lux level (maintained illuminance) is achieved and saving the optimum energy by harvesting the natural/daylight available.
- DALI addressable
- DALI is a uniform standard employed by all component manufacturers that offer the DALI product.
- This system assigns an individual address to each unit (i.e each luminaire is numbered) so that scenes can be set, large open plan offices controlled according to occupancy / function, groups of lights controlled all through a desktop PC centrally.
- DALI can be used in conjunction with a direct dimming LUX sensor for optimum daylight harvesting.
- Further significant cost savings can be achieved with reduced maintenance factor.
- Corridor Function
- Corridor Function is a Tridonic innovation that ensures light is produced only when actually needed.
- When a person enters a room luminous intensity is increased to full output, and then a presence detector will signal to the light a fall in occupancy and the light will be reduced to an output of 10%. This is well suited to public sector applications such as care homes, schools or underground car parks where some illumination of the space is required at all times, but there is an efficiency drive for energy reduction